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Singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah passes away

Her janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at Baridhara Park Mosque

Singer Shahnaz  Rahmatullah  passes away

Noted singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah . photo: Collected

Dhaka, Mar 24 : Noted singer Shahnaz  Rahmatullah  died of heart attack early Sunday. She was 67.

Shahnaz breathed her last at her Baridhaara residence around 1:30am after suffering a heart attack, said lyricist Shafiq Tuhin.

Her namaj-e-janaza will be held at Park Mosque on road no. 9 in Baridhara after Zohr prayers.

Later, she will be buried at Banani Military Graveyard.

The prominent singer’s notable songs are “Ekbar Jete De Na Amar Chotto Sonar Gaye, Je Chilo Drishtir Shimanay and Ek Tara Tui Desher Kotha”.

Her main area of singing entails modern (Adhunik) songs and patriotic songs.

She emerged as a singer in Dhaka in the mid-1960s. In late 1960s and early 1970s, she sang many patriotic songs including Sohni Dharti Allah Rakhe and Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan to inspire the freedom fighters as well as freedom seeking people of the country.

She was honoured with Ekushey Padak in 1992 and Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the film Chhutir Phande in 1990.

Shahnaz was born on January 2, 1952 in Dhaka.

Actor Zafar Iqbal and music director Anwar Parvez were  Rahmatullah’s brothers.